Posted: June 29
With a little more time and work, The Bridge would've become an extra special gameplay experience, but due to the design, most puzzles feel like you're fighting and messing around with momentum rather than searching for an ah-ha moment. Regardless of a few smaller issues, there are still a ton of memorable maps which pay optical and physical illusions enough respect, while balancing player fun enough to mix good parts from both and make The Bridge an artistic puzzle platformer well worth grabbing.
The best parts of The Bridge are exactly what you see on the store front, a beautiful and imaginative art style that's unique and different enough to set this apart from others. The Bridge doesn't overstay its welcome, and the pleasant U.I. and ambiance serve to keep it casual and relaxing.
* Each level feels new and is a pleasure to explore. The floating design on the distant background helps everything feel dreamlike
There are a few moments where you actively need to think about how to approach the landscape and physics represented in the level, and suddenly you'll realize how to approach it and solve the problem, but these moments are too few and on the whole you'll be wrestling with momentum or gravity to move your character to the correct position, which feels a little too cheap and shallow.
* A distinct lack of music or even distinct ambient sounds is a loss, and would've worked to greatly compliment the art style
* The collectibles add nothing to the game, and are frustrating to collect, but can safely be ignored
* There's a ridiculous spike in difficulty on levels 4-5 that's very jarring
The Bridge clocks in with around 4-5 hours gameplay and may feel just a touch too highly priced on Steam at £6.99/9.99€/$9.99 when compared to other entries in this genre which are available for cheaper. When viewed alone, it's still a very reasonable price, and if you're a puzzler veteran, you'll probably see this as above average value for money, especially considering it regularly goes on sale for -80% and -90%, leaving it at just $0.99
* Due to the Developers confessed inspiration from, and love of the Braid game, and given the title of the game, it's possible that there's a subtly hidden story or message contained throughout the game and some fan theories make for some interesting ideas
* There's a great AMA/Q&A with the Developers on reddit that's worth a read
* There's a free Trial/Demo version of The Bridge available on XBOX Live[marketplace.xbox.com]
* The whole of Chapter 1 can be completed entirely without walking